Bread and Circuses: Emperors of Rome Podcasts

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Amicus noster Adrian Murdoch is celebrating the quinquennium of his Bread and Circuses blog by inaugurating a series of brief podcasts on Roman emperors. The first one is (obviously) about Augustus and serves as a nice intro to that guy’s principate:

According to Adrian, these will be posted every Monday, so we look forward to linking to them!

 

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This Day in Ancient History: pridie nonas januarias

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pridie nonas januarias

  • ludi compitales — day two of a moveable festival which might occur anytime between Saturnalia and January 5. It was largely a rural occasion involving woollen dolls being made to represent each free member of the household (simple woollen balls would be used to represent slaves) being hung up on the eve of the festival, presumably as offerings to the Lares. There would also follow more formal sacrifices at the compita (places where two farm paths crossed).
  • 1785 — birth of Jacob Grimm
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